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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2012 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH: New matrix of an "under the radar" gem

Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Big River ->
El Paso
Brown Eyed Women
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Playing In The Band


I'll let Grendel's review speak to this show:

Subject: As Mr. Spock might say....

One of the first shows of 1978, with a fine matrix mix

You can really hear the transition from the silky smoothness and "just exactly perfectness" of 1977 to the rougher-edged and slightly more hard-driving rock and roll sound they took on for most of '78. It's sloppier stuff to be sure, but they also take a lot of chances that pay off, especialy in this show, which seems to be somewhat under the radar.

Highlights here are a seriously gritty LET IT GROW to end the 1st set...Jerry grinds out some nasty solos and the band drives hard behind wonder how they even manage to float into the 2 "gentle" sections before "what shall we say/shall we call it by a name", but they do pull it off.

2nd set is really where it's at with this show. Outstanding run of TERRAPIN>PITB>DRUMS>SPACE>ST STEPHEN (an almost perfect rendition w/only one clunky transition getting back into the "St. Stephen will remain" refrain; but overall excellent version--hard driving and believe it or not really well-belted out, even I daresay by Donna)>NFA>PITB REPRISE.

Also a very cool and different encore selection of PASSENGER.

This show deserves more attention, even if only as a sort of indicator to what 1978 would be for the band: a mixed bag of very aggressive, take-no-prisoners shows that sometimes missed the mark for ragged execution, but more often than not yielded high-energy results and some very memorable moments of greatness.

NOTE: This review was for a previous Matrix, the one linked above is new using a previously unreleased SBD. Sounds pretty damn good to me.

Excellent "Hump Day" (easy Rob, not that kind, put the sheep back in the barn) show.

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Poster: svengun Date: Jan 11, 2012 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

Alright SDH, based on your glowing review, I'll have to give this one a try. It'll be another good excuse to give my new Klipsch in ear headphones a work out.


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Poster: NYLifer Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

Been listening all morning. In addition to what you wrote, all of which I agree with, also note:

Sage & Spirit during track 2 tuning! Awesome!
Bass and drums during track 21. Sweet!
Just wish it were tracked to start Stephen 20-30 seconds sooner!

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 11, 2012 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

The night before was pretty cool too,I was there, but man I wish I would have seen this one also .